Development of the Healthy Parent Carers Programme

Advisory groups

The topic of parent carers’ health and wellbeing was initially brought up in a PenCRU Family Faculty meeting. Since then we have worked on developing the programme, which is guided by three groups:

1)      Parent carers from the PenCRU Family Faculty, who meet regularly to discuss and provide feedback on each of the stages of the programme development and testing;

2)      Stakeholders, such as members of relevant organisations and charities; and

3)      Experts in health-related psychological and behavioural interventions.

Development process

The programme has been developed using an iterative approach in the following stages:

1)      Assessing the need for a new intervention: To do that we talked to parent carers, stakeholders and other experts, and reviewed the existing literature.

2)      Identifying programme objectives and delivery methods: We identified the aims of the new intervention and the ways in which it could be delivered.

3)      Designing programme components: We designed the programme materials, such as the Healthy Parent Carers Guide, online materials, and a facilitator manual to deliver group sessions.

4)      Testing the delivery of the programme: We have tested the practical issues involved in the programme delivery and gained feedback from parent carers participating in a pilot study. This feedback will guide the next steps of its development and testing.

5)      Revising of the programme and planning future evaluation: We are using the findings from the initial study to refine the programme and plan a feasibility study in which we will test whether it can be delivered in community settings in the South West and whether we can run a trial in the future to see if it improves parent carers’ health and wellbeing and is good value for money.

Meeting Notes

Below are the notes from the meetings with the PenCRU Family Faculty, which provide more details on all stages of the programme development.‌

18) 18 June 2019 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 375KB

17) 14 February 2019 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 310KB

16) 3 July 2018 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 251KB

15) 13 June 2018 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 554KB

14) 10 May 2018 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 309KB

13) 13 November 2017 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 350KB

12) 3 July 2017 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 325KB

11) 24 November 2016 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 311KB

10) 9 November 2015 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 320KB

9) 6 October 2015 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 310KB

8) 8 July 2015 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 541KB

7) 3 June 2015 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 486KB

6) 6 May 2015 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 616KB

5) 27 January 2015 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 234KB

4) 18 June 2014 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 304KB

3) 3 April 2014Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 242KB

2) 27 February 2014 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 335KB

1) 17 January 2014 Healthy Parent Carers Working Group Meeting PDF 282KB